The Stiftung Warentest has seven conventional navigation devices against seven Apps to compete, and examines the solution drivers to the best your destination. The test winner has become a classic Navi. Whether the GPS or the App is better, but also depends on the habits of the driver.

the consumer organization has Tested the navigation solutions according to six criteria: Navigation, ease of use, versatility, battery life, processing, and data consumption. Was tested in addition, whether and the extent to which the Navi-Apps user or device data and send it to the manufacturer. The result was not accounted for in the assessment.

The devices tested are all from Tomtom or Garmin, and cost between 159 and 380 euros. On the other hand, seven Apps, some of which are free (Google Maps, Waze, Apple, and Here), and others for a fee like Tomtom (20 Euro per year), ALK (60 Euro) and NNG (46 Euro).

To the drivers it’s coming on

With the grade “Good” (1.8) wins the most expensive navigation device from Tomtom for 380 Euro. The device is convinced by a reliable route, and a low data consumption via mobile. The best App “Go Mobile” – also from Tomtom follows with “Good” (2,1) is on rank five. Directly behind it is the free GPS App Maps from Google (“Good” 2,2), which receives a route calculation, route guidance, and traffic jam forecast, the best Note of all the Apps. The Apps of ALK, Here and NNG get a lower rating in the area of operation and grade of “Satisfactory” ( 2.7) will lie with the total on rear seats.

But even if the devices are located slightly ahead of the Apps depends on the decision of the appropriate solution according to the Foundation test also of the needs of the driver. Accordingly, the navigation devices are the better choice for a lot of drivers. They offer a large Display, and most of the Navi functions do not require a mobile network. This enables you to save data volume, since the cards are pre-installed on the device.

The Apps, in turn, are meant for occasional users. One of their biggest advantages is in its speed. While even the winner of the test for the calculation of a 100-Kilometer-long Route required eight seconds, made it the Apps in one to four seconds. In General, the Smartphones have more powerful processors than the Navi units.

jam sit out or redirection follow?

Also in the case of the traffic forecasts, the navigation devices are at the front and deliver in this area pretty accurate predictions. With Apps, Google Maps and Tomtom to deliver the best traffic information. Less accurate NNG, Waze, ALK, and Here to notify the driver about upcoming traffic jams.

To answer last but not least, Stiftung Warentest, a question that is of concern to all motorists: a traffic jam sit out or redirect the recommendation of the follow GPS? According to the test results you can trust the redirection of the proposals and as a result, a little time saving. The detailed Test you can read in the current issue of Stiftung Warentest.


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